John Salley Announces PETA’s Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NBA Arenas

Dallas Mavericks' Home Court Takes Top Spot as Animal-Friendly Fare Rises in Popularity Across the Country

For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dallas – With the NBA playoffs only a few short weeks away, fans have a new reason to celebrate: PETA’s ranking of the Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NBA Arenas. And as NBA legend John Salley announces in a new video posted today on PETA’s website, American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, snagged top honors this year for a scrumptious spread of options sure to please everyone’s taste buds. The second spot in PETA’s top five went to Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the portobello mushroom veggie burger. The Toronto Raptors’ Air Canada Centre nabbed third place, boasting loaded vegetable subs and vegan sushi, while the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center took home fourth for its to-die-for vegan farro kale pesto salads. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quicken Loans Arena earned the fifth spot with its Thai tofu stir-fry and vegan hot dogs.

“Delicious animal-friendly offerings are easier to find than ever at star arenas, and that makes all these venues winners in our book,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “As more NBA stadiums than ever get on the ball with delicious vegan meals, PETA is calling on others to join the cruelty-free charge.”

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” encourages kind people to drop meat from their diets. Each winner will receive a framed certificate.

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